In an event where 80 metres is the barest bench mark of world class throwing, Russia’s European silver medallist Sergey Makarov competing for Europe produced one of only two respectable throws in the whole competition.
In round two of four, Makarov unleashed a 86.44m performance which demolished the opposition. His first attempt had been 79.46, with the lead at the end of the first series of throws being held by Germany’s Boris Henry with 81.60m. Henry was to back up his best with 79.13m in the last round, but other than that the other attempts of both men were all fouls.
The Americas’ Emeterio Gonzalez was third with 79.77 and Britain’s four-time European champion Steve Backley who had also been looking for a fourth consecutive World Cup win, was more than disappointing in fourth with 79.39m.
To put the results into perspective, the swirling wind conditions in this bowl stadium didn’t make the situation ideal for throwing.